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Authorities identify man killed in Reno County collision

The Kansas Highway Patrol has identified the man killed in a collision in Reno County Friday afternoon.

Zach Mears, 30, of Hutchinson was killed when his silver Mercedes Benz slammed into the side of a semi-trailer truck at about 1:45 p.m. Friday at the intersection of U.S. 50 and Haven Road.

Mears was driving north on Haven Road “at a high rate of speed” when he ran the stop sign next to U.S. 50 and struck the eastbound truck, according to a report issued by the highway patrol.

Media reports indicated a trooper traveling south on Haven Road clocked the Mercedes at 95 miles an hour shortly before the collision.

The driver of the semi, a 32-year-old man from Texas, was not injured in the collision.

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